A beginner's guide to Friendsgiving
It's that time of year where the signature dishes of you and your friends go head-to-head. Here are some tips to stay cool and collected this season!
Nothing is more horrifying than looking at your phone and realizing that your friends have decided to schedule a "Friendsgiving" and have already started picking their dishes. Friendsgiving is a time of celebrating the bonds between you and your friends while adding all of the stress of a family get together. So naturally, the question to start with is, what are you going to bring?
1. Survey the list
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There's nothing more embarrassing than bringing the exact same thing as someone else in the group. If the host planned ahead, they will have made a Google Doc where people can list what they're bringing. This is key, because if you have a couple of recipes, you can find something that will complement the rest of the food. This is also a good way to avoid having too much of one particular dish, though leftovers are the second best part of a party, right?
2. Stick to your strong suits
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If the holidays stress you out, stick to your strong suits. Make a dish that you can make in your sleep. It might seem easy to watch the Barefoot Contessa and Ree Drumond prepare extravagant dishes that are exciting and appealing, but there are too many disaster stories on the Internet of people who "wanted to try something new" and suddenly the fire department needs to be called.
3. The important part is the friendship, not the food
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The whole reason people are getting together is to see each other, the food is an added bonus. If you can't prepare something yourself, think outside the box and find other ways to bring something along. Maybe there's a bake sale in town that is donating to a charity. Alternatives like that help spread the spirit of giving, and could help people in need.
The holidays are supposed to be fun and exciting, and Friendsgiving is one of those wholesome moments that can bring people closer together. It isn't a time to stress out about deflated souffles and burnt kugel. Remember, if all else fails, show up with a case of beer (or an equivalent party beverage) and enjoy the time that you have to spend with the people that you care about.
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